PhD Students

Each year the Melbourne Social Equity Institute gives Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships and other scholarships to a number of students whose interest in social equity issues aligns closely with our research agenda. Recipients of these scholarships are given automatic entry into our Doctoral Academy once they have completed confirmation.

Students currently undertaking their PhD aligned to the Institute are listed below.

  • Aviva Beecher Kelk

    Diversity in decision-making: co-designing informed choice under the National Disability Insurance Scheme

    Supervisors:
    Prof Lynette Joubert, Department of Social Work 
    A/Prof Helen Dickinson, School of Business, University of New South Wales (Canberra)


  • Jaz Dawson

    Queering constructivist international relations: analysing norm implementation in sexual orientation based refugee law

    Supervisors:
    Prof Michelle Foster, Melbourne Law School 
    A/Prof Sarah Maddison, School of Social and Political Sciences


  • Vrinda Edan

    Consumer and clinicians experiences of Advance Statements under the Victorian Mental Health Act (2014)

    Supervisors:
    Dr Bridget Hamilton, School of Nursing
    A/Prof Lisa Brophy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
    Prof Bernadette McSherry, Melbourne Social Equity Institute


  • Liz Gill-Atkinson

    How do women with disability in the Philippines understand and experience participatory research practice?

    Supervisors:
    Dr Cathy Vaughan, Gender and Women’s Health Unit
    Prof Marilys Guillemin, Centre for Health Equity


  • Kelly Hutchinson

    Social impact of technology: digital social innovation in Australia

    Supervisors:
    Prof Jenny Lewis, Melbourne School of Government
    Dr Daniel McCarthy, School of Social and Political Sciences
    Prof Leon Sterling, School of  Computing and Information Systems


  • Lauren Kosta

    Parenting after a disaster: experiences since Black Saturday

    Supervisors:
    Prof Louise Harms, Department of Social Work
    A/Prof Lisa Gibbs, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health 
    Dr David Rose, Department of Social Work


  • Micheline Lee

    Disability, law, and all that romance: a cross-disciplinary approach to equality rights for people with disabilities

    Supervisors:
    Dr Eddie Paterson, School of Culture and Communication,
    Prof Bernadette McSherry, Melbourne Social Equity Institute
    Prof Beth Gaze, Melbourne Law School


  • Samantha Mannix

    Gender equity, social transformations and education

    Supervisor:
    Prof Julie McLeod, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
    Dr Cathy Vaughan, Gender and Women’s Health Unit


  • Erika Martino

    From shelter to security: affordable housing for intimate partner violence survivors

    Supervisors:
    Professor Carolyn Whitzman, Melbourne School of Design
    Associate Professor Rebecca Bentley, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


  • Hala Nasr

    Safe spaces as a response to gender-based violence in refugee settings: possibilities and limitations

    Supervisors:
    Dr Cathy Vaughan, Gender and Women’s Health Unit
    Dr Karen Block, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
    Dr Elise Klein, School of Social and Political Sciences


  • Carol O'Dwyer

    The gender sensitive care project

    Supervisors:
    Prof Kelsey Hegarty, Department of General Practice
    Dr Laura Tarzia, Department of General Practice
    Dr Sabin Fernbacher, North West Mental Health


  • Jacqui Parncutt

    The social determinants of health of people with disability

    Supervisor:
    Prof Anne Kavanagh, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


  • Alana Roy

    Mental health & wellbeing of people who are deaf-blind

    Supervisor:
    Prof Keith McVilly, School of Social and Political Sciences


  • Juan Tellez

    Model laws and guidelines to regulate the use of chemical restraint on persons with disabilities

    Supervisors:
    Prof Bernadette McSherry, Melbourne Social Equity Institute
    Prof John Tobin, Melbourne Law School
    A/Prof Lisa Brophy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


  • Amita Tuteja

    Reproductive health and contraceptive needs of migrants from Burma: practitioner and patient perspectives in the Australian context

    Supervisors:
    A/Prof Meredith Temple-Smith, General Practice
    A/Prof Lena Sanci, General Practice 
    Dr Lester Mascarenhas, General Practice


  • Alicia Yon

    Enabling sociospatial justice: an integrated local planning approach to addressing the disability-gender violence nexus

    Supervisors:
    Prof Carolyn Whitzman, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning 
    Dr Cathy Vaughan, Gender and Women's Health Unit

  • Students Awarded Doctorates

  • Dr Katie Lamb

    Embedding the voices of children and young people in the development of programs for violent fathers

    Supervisor:
    Prof Cathy Humphreys, Department of Social Work

    Completed in 2017

  • Dr Kelvin Lau

    Understanding mental distress in young people from a migrant background in Australia through photo-interviewing

    Supervisor:
    Dr Victoria Palmer, General Practice


  • Dr Gemma McKibbin

    Sexually abusive behaviour by young people: supporting Victoria's prevention response

    Supervisors:
    Prof Cathy Humphreys, Department of Social Work
    Dr Bridget Hamilton, School of Nursing

    Completed in 2017


  • Dr Melissa Murphy

    From social connectedness to equitable access: An action research project illuminating the opportunities and the barriers to accessing music for young people with disability transitioning from school to adult life.

    Supervisors:
    Prof Katrina Skewes-McFerran, National Music Therapy Research Unit
    Dr Nick Hagiliassis, Scope Victoria

    Completed in 2017


  • Dr Naomi Pfitzner

    Engaging new fathers: learning from Baby Makes 3

    Supervisors:
    Prof Kelsey Hegarty, Department of General Practice,
    Prof Cathy Humphreys, Department of Social Work

    Completed in 2017